May 25 – The Power of Forgiveness

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in that last days. People will be . . . without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good.” Exodus 15:26

In these “last days,” UNFORGIVENESS is causing divorce, lifelong grudges, hatred, bitterness, sickness, and division in the Church. Mark 11:25a quotes Jesus as making this commandment: “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any . . .

GOD WANTS YOU TO FORGIVE OTHERS. Offenses surely will come in your lifetime, but let God take care of the offender. (See Luke 17:1-2.) Man looks on the outward appearance, but only God can see the heart attitude. (See I Samuel 16:7.) So do not waste time evaluating another’s act of repentance.

GOD WANTS TO FORGIVE YOU.  II Corinthians 6:2b says: “. . . behold, NOW is the accepted time; behold, NOW is the day of salvation.” (Emphasis supplied.) Sin is no problem for God.  His redemptive plan is complete. (See Hebrews 10:14.) He does not forgive you because you are perfect; He forgives you to make you perfect.

GOD WANTS YOU TO FORGIVE YOURSELF.  Accept God’s forgiveness and lose your “sin complex.” Forgive your past failures, poor performance, how you look, or lost goals.  Read Ephesians 2:8!

“Father, I cannot reflect Your glory if I focus on my failures, discouragements, or self-righteousness. Deliver me from all unforgiveness.   In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.”


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